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Is it Time to Move On from Your Current Job?

Dr. Greg Ketchum, 03/19/05

With the economy and jobs picture getting better it’s a good time to evaluate if you should move on from your current job. A recent survey by the Society for Human Resource Management found that 35% of employed people are actively looking for a new position. If you’re thinking about leaving your job here are some factors to help you decide if now is the time.

First, here are some critical mistakes and key success factors concerning making the decision to leave your current employer.

3 Critical Mistakes

  1. Leave abruptly out of anger or to get revenge on your employer.
  2. Let fear of change stop you from changing jobs when its time to go.
  3. Start slacking on the job after your give your notice.

3 KeYS TO Success

  1. Talk over your reasons for leaving and action plans with a trusted friend.
  2. Choose a job that aligns with your personal life mission.
  3. Pick a position where you can make a difference & tap your potential.

Here are some action steps to help you successfully decide if now is the time to leave your current employer.

Action Steps

  1. Leave for the Right Reasons: Make sure your reasons for leaving are things that can’t be fixed or aren’t your own problems that you’ll take with you to a new job. Be prepared to talk about your reasons for leaving at new job interviews.
  2. Have Another Opportunity in Hand: The best option is to have a written job offer in hand before leaving. Failing that, have several opportunities identified that offer you more than your current job and that you have a greater than a 75% probability of landing.
  3. Leave Gracefully on a High Note: Be sure to give proper notice and leave your position in great shape for the next person. You may want to maintain contact with people at your current job as part of your professional network. You may also look to do part-time or consulting work for your old employer some day.

If All Else Fails And You Can’t Decide Whether to Stay or Leave

Take Time Off: Get away from the job for a few days and reflect on your decision. See how you feel not being at work & compare that with how it feels to go back. I think you’ll then know what you need to do.

Remember, it’s your life. It’s time to step up and get more than just a paycheck out of your job. After all, you spend about 60% of your time there.

If you’ve got work or career topics you’d like to see us address just send me an email at drgreg@talentplanet.com.


®2005 All rights reserved. Gregory A. Ketchum, Ph.D.

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